Amory Blaine has been brought-up by a wealthy, idiosyncratic and alcoholic mother. Snobbish because he knows no better, he is uncomfortable with others and must learn the proper social etiquette and values that others his age already know. As he progresses to Princeton University from the Midwest, he experiences a series of flirtations with some predatory young women and a chance at friendship with some intellectual young men. His love-life culminates in a genuine but ill-fated love with a soul-mate who rejects him to marry a wealthier young man.This Side of Paradise was first published in 1920 and was considered daring and intellectual in its day. Its enormous popularity helped to launch young Fitzgerald's career as a major writer.
THIS SIDE OF PARADISE, the novel that established F. Scott Fitzgerald as the voice of his generation, was written while he was in the army, extensively revised, and finally published in 1920 when he was only 23 years old. The young "romantic egoist" Amory Blaine--vain, shallow, and self-absorbed--whose progress from prep school to Princeton frequently parallels Fitzgerald's own life, is the quintessential youth of the postwar "Lost Generation." Fitzgerald's unsparing portrait of a young man who takes himself far too seriously makes THIS SIDE OF PARADISE one of his most endearing and entertaining books. Upon its publication, Fitzgerald became an instant literary superstar, and this early fame--and his inability to mature--helped bring about the downfall, only 20 years later, of a major American writer.
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- Love + Relationships + Sex, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Types of Characters, Romance, War + Military, Education, Stages of Life, General, Classics, Human Qualities + Behavior
- August 25, 2006
- August 25, 2006
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Dick Hill (Narrator)
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